Term 3 Highlights

Friday, 4 Oct 2019

Dear parents, students and family members, this term the staff focused their efforts on one aspect of our mission statement, i.e. “academic excellence”. As a reminder, “Tyndale Park Christian School assists parents by providing a Christ-centred education that encourages academic excellence and Christian service to the glory of God”.

Not only is our school’s academic programme built on the foundation of God’s Word, but it also seeks to develop a scholarly understanding of it. We do this by encouraging the memorisation, reading and diligent study of both Scripture and the learning areas that enable us to understand the Bible better – such as English, the arts, health and physical education, foreign languages, mathematics and statistics, science, social science and technology.  Academics prepare us for the good works “which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

According to the dictionary, excellence is the quality of being extremely good. God is the only One that is good (Mark 10:17-18). We believe the Bible suggests true excellence is characteristic of people who understand that they have been made in God’s image, that they have been “saved” by what Jesus Christ has done on the cross, and they are striving to live in a lifegiving relationship with their Heavenly Father, empowered by the Holy Spirit.

When we encourage academic excellence in our students, our students discover that they are valuable in God’s eyes (Genesis 1:27, Matthew 10:30) right from conception (Psalm 139:13, Jeremiah 1:4-5, Psalm 22:9-11, Galatians 1:15, Isaiah 44:2, Isaiah 49:5, Job 31:15, Isaiah 44:24). We believe we are equipping them to be the leaders that will help society navigate contentious issues, such as the Abortion Legislation Bill introduced into parliament earlier this term.

On a side note, it has been encouraging that 23,000 written submissions have been made to the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in response to its First Reading. Let us commit to pray (Mark 11:24) as a community that the Lord will inspire our government to make the right decision (1 Timothy 2:1-4, Romans 13:1) about this piece of legislation.

Term Highlights

The past ten weeks passed by in a flash! Here are some of the highlights.

  1. At the start of the term, 12 short-term, international students visited us, 9 from China and 3 from the USA.
  2. Our school roll for domestic students passed 130 students, the most it had been the past three years – praise God for that!
  3. Our students produced exceptional projects for the annual school science fair and David Narayanan received the second place in the Secondary Consumer Science category at the NIWA Science and Technology Fair for the Manukau region.
  4. Some of our students were asked to take part in the Great Kiwi Science, Mathematics and English Competitions and we were encouraged by their great results.
  5. Our Year 1 to 7 students were taught the basics of golf by SNAG Golf Academy. The golf coach was impressed by our students’ attitude and behaviour.
  6. A Year 5-6 and Year 7-8 team took part in the local Vector EPro 8 Engineering Challenge and both teams earned a 5th place in their respective rounds (out of about 12 teams).
  7. The Board of Trustees hosted a Pastors’ Morning Tea and our visitors were really impressed by the way they were welcomed by Charlie Jaswal-Singh and Jeswin Alfred-John.
  8. Some of the students in Room 5 took part in the annual ONZA Marimba Festival and represented TPCS really well. We were so proud of them.
  9. Our senior class hosted an outstanding Fathers’ Day Breakfast in our school hall, and it was great to see many of our dads at the event.
  10. We hosted our first Open Day in many years and were encouraged by the people from our community who came to find out more about the school and the high school curriculum, Accelerated Christian Education – it was also good to hear from former students how well they felt prepared for life after school.
  11. Room 5 organised a “Cultural Day” and it was wonderful to see our students dressed in their cultural attire, talk about their heritage and share a wide variety of delicious food!
  12. Yesterday, Room 2 and 3 attended a 3D modelling and robotics workshop at MOTAT, and hopefully, some of them were inspired to make better use of our school’s 3D printer.

Praise God for a term with amazing learning opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom! I hope you and your family have a blessed Spring holiday, enjoying the opportunity to spend quality time together as a family. We look forward to seeing everyone back Monday 14 October.

Blessings,

Barend Blom - Principal

Photo by Vasily Koloda on Unsplash

TPCS Science Fair 2019

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